General Care Unit

We know that hospitalization can be frightening for children and their parents, so the staff on 7C will do all we can to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. Most of the information you need to know about Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and its services and programs are covered elsewhere on this Web site. In this section, we’ll try to answer any specific questions you have about unit 7C.

Who will care for my child?

In addition to your child's physician, a number of people may provide care for your child while you're on our unit - including residents, other physicians, nurses, schoolteachers, therapists, dieticians, child life specialists and their assistants.

May I spend the night?

At CHKD, we understand how hard it is for parents and children to be separated. So we make sure that parents feel welcome at all times. Read our "Visiting a Patient" section for more information.

Can I care for my child myself as I do at home?

Please be sure to check with the nurse before you give your child any food; your doctor may have ordered special dietary instructions. If you change your child's diaper, please place the dirty diaper on the scale at the sink in your room and notify your nurse of the diaper change.

What if I need to leave my child alone in her room?

If you leave your child's room, please pull up your child's bed rails and let your nurse know you are leaving. We usually keep children in the same room for their entire hospital stay, but on occasions we may need to relocate patients. If this happens while you are away, we will try to contact you. But if you return to find another patient in your child's room, ask the nurse to take you to your child.

Should I leave the door to my child’s room open or closed?

Nurses at CHKD work 12-hour shifts. Between 6:30 and 7:30 in the mornings and 6:30 and 7:30 in the evenings, nurses change shifts and share important medical information with the incoming staff. Since patient privacy is very important to us, we ask that you close your door during shift changes and save non-urgent requests and questions until after shift changes. Please know that we will respond to all urgent matters immediately, even during shift changes.

Where can I get something to eat?

Meals are provided for patients. Snacks and drinks are also available for patients in the pantry area. Please ask a staff member to get them for you. The microwave ovens in the pantry can be used to heat up items from a child's meal tray. Parents may eat in the KD Café, visit our vending areas on the first and fourth floors or have take-out food delivered to your child's room. However, after 8 p.m., parents will have to go down to the lobby to pick up delivery orders. Microwaves are available for parents to use in the first and fourth floor vending areas.

Can I check on my child when I can’t be at the hospital?

When you are away from your child’s room, you are welcome to call the nursing station to find out how your child is doing. We may ask you to identify yourself in a special way (for instance, by giving us your Social Security number) to make sure we are giving information to the proper person.

Is there a place where my child can play?

Our child life department maintains very popular activity rooms for our patients. Please ask the nurse if your child can go to the activity room. Sometimes we recommend that children with fevers or other conditions have toys and activities brought to their rooms.